Kazakhstan to improve quality of life of 7 million rural residents

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The Government session on November 6 chaired by Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin reviewed the implementation of the Aul – El Besіgi rural development project, the prime minister’s press service reported.

The implementation of the Aul – El Besigi project was launched in accordance with the instructions of Elbasy (Leader of the Nation) Nursultan Nazarbayev, given at the XVIII Congress of the ruling Nur Otan Party on Feb. 27, 2019.

The main goal of the project is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, modernize the infrastructure of rural areas, bring them to the parameters of the System of Regional Standards. According to the new methodology, 3,477 promising villages were selected, in which 6.6 million people or 85% of the rural population live.

Given the planned additional increase of 900 billion tenge of allocated funds for the Project until 2027, the total amount of financing, together with other state programs aimed at the development of rural areas, will exceed 2 trillion tenge, and the number of projects will exceed 30 thousand.

Prime Minister Mamin said that within the framework of the project, during seven years it is expected to improve the quality of life of about seven million villagers by modernizing the infrastructure of villages. It is also planned to build and repair over 7 thousand km of roads and intra-village streets, life-support engineering networks, provide 100% high-quality drinking water, reconstruct and construct educational, healthcare, cultural and sports facilities, as well as create 130 thousand new jobs.

The prime minister instructed to make proposals to increase funding for the Aul – El Besigi project, to revise the list of support and satellite rural settlements by year and the required amount of financing, and also to prepare an updated Aul – El Besigi project for 2020-2026.

Seventy percent of the project’s expenses will be financed from the national budget. Akimats (administrations) of the regions were instructed to determine the sources of co-financing of the remaining 30%.

Sergey Kwan